Charm of Bordeaux
Lussac-Saint-Émilion appellation is one of the fourteen appellations in The Libournais wine area, Right-Bank of Bordeaux wine region of Southwest France. The appellation is located on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers’ right bank, about 45 kilometers far from Bordeaux city and 9 kilometers far from the medieval village of Saint-Émilion.
It is producing red wines. Most of this wine sub-region is located on the hillside and is spread across 1461 hectares. The terroir is characterized by its soils’ diversity, distributed between the plateaus, the sides of the hills, and small valleys. The soil type majority comprises clay and limestone, especially in the south-east of the slope area. To the west, there is an elevated gravel and sandy-gravel plateau, not very wide. To the north, cold clayey soil or heavy clay is predominant. The subsoil consists of limestone beds that made excellent quarries for extracting soft building stone to the east. To the north-west, there are a few stone quarries, as well as clay.
Merlot is often the majority of grapes in this sub-region, with up to 90% of the grape’s mixtures. It is often used in combination with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec.
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A part of the important features of Lussac-Saint-Émilion appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Clay-limestone plateaus to the west, colder clay soils to the north”.
- Taste: Elegant, well-structured, velvety, and generous with power and complexity.
- Wine color: red.
- Aromas: Gourmand, complex, and intense, red fruit notes buoyed by facets of leather, plum, spice, and tertiary game notes.
- Aging potential: 5 – 10 years.
- Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C
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